William Richard Parcell (1)
Dwelling #294. Rose Cottage.
Group Number 1

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No Last Name First Names Maiden Name Relationship Occupation Born Died School Year
1 Parcell William Richard (1) Husband Shipwright, farmer, storekeeper etc


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Note Date Short Description Note Text
3052 1882 For more family details on the William Richard Parcell family, please refer to dwelling #292.

For more family details on the William Richard Parcell family, please refer to dwelling #292.

3053 1882 Building of Rose Cottage (dwelling #294)

On 30 May 1882, the halfway House (dwelling #292) burnt down. Mr Parcell took his team and wagon to Invercargill, returning with materials and goods for the new house - Rose Cottage, dwelling #294. William and his son Henry built a new house to replace the burnt one. They lived on site. It appears that the new building was built as a house rather than an hotel, store and house as before. The opening of the Bannockburn bridge had all but destroyed the trade at the Halfway house. Dwelling #294 was built on a different site to that of the burnt building. William and Henry had the new house ready to move into, but not finished, within a month. The Parcell family then moved from dwelling #283 where they had lived for 6 weeks while their new house was being built. The new house was known as Rose Cottage. It is not known where the name came from.

3054 1884 Birth of the twins.

On 24 Aug 1884 the twins were born. That day Mrs Parcell and Alice were the only family at Rose Cottage. William (2) returned to find his mother experiencing a difficult labour, with only Alice there to help. He got on his horse and rode over to Duffers Gully to get Mrs Jane Crow who was able to act as midwife for his mother.

3055 1884 Misc notes from Cromwell Argus and J P Parcells notes.

On 15 March the residence (dwelling #244) and coal mine (location #386) of James Smith was put up for auction, and were both purchased by William Parcell (1). The Parcell family moved to dwelling #244, and Rose Cottage was sold to Mr Thomas Smith (1).


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